Week 15 Players of the Week

Posted Dec. 20, 2011 @ 12:20 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Drew Brees / QB / New Orleans Saints

Brees made history with his 412-yard, five-touchdown performance in the Saints' 42-20 win over the Vikings. He became the first quarterback to complete 80-plus percent of his passes (he was 32-of-40) and throw for at least 400 yards, five TDs and no interceptions in a game. He also broke the record (which he previously shared with Rich Gannon) for 300-yard passing games in a season, recording his 11th of 2011. And he joined Peyton Manning in becoming the second QB in league history to throw for at least 4,500 yards in three different seasons. Brees completed passes to nine different receivers vs. Minnesota and had TD throws to four different targets, connecting with one of his favorites, WR Lance Moore, for two TDs. Brees is within 304 yards of Dan Marino's record for most passing yards in a season.

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Tamba Hali / OLB / Kansas City Chiefs

It took a stunning performance from the Chiefs' defense to hold the Packers to 14 points — the fewest they have scored in a game since Week 17 of last season — on Sunday, as Kansas City ended Green Bay's bid for an undefeated season. A relentless pass rush from OLB Tamba Hali helped make the upset possible. Hali sacked QB Aaron Rodgers, who had his worst game of the season, three times, including twice in the fourth quarter. It ensured that Hali, who had the first double-digit sack season of his career in 2010, would follow that up with another. Hali finished Sunday's game with four tackles, including one for loss, two QB hits and a forced fumble. "Tamba Hali comes to work every day, and you notice him out there every game," Chiefs interim head coach Romeo Crennel said. "He gives it everything he has."

 

SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Ryan Succop / PK / Kansas City Chiefs

When the Chiefs' offense stalled Sunday against the Packers, Kansas City called on Succop, its third-year placekicker, and he delivered, connecting on all four of his field-goal attempts in the Chiefs' 19-14 upset victory. Succop, who hasn't missed a field goal since Sept. 25, has connected on 21 consecutive FG attempts. He made tries of 19 and 32 yards in the first quarter and booted kicks of 46 and 20 yards through the uprights in the second half vs. Green Bay. He's tied for the second-longest streak in franchise history and is two away from breaking Pete Stoyanovich's record, set during the 1997-98 seasons. Succop also helped limit dangerous kickoff returner Randall Cobb on Sunday. Three of Succop's six kickoffs resulted in touchbacks, and Cobb was held to three kickoff returns for 68 yards (22.7-yard average).